Japan’s recent spate of executions will not make the country safer and fails to address why individuals were attracted to a cult which orchestrated a series of horrific crimes, Amnesty International said, following the executions of a further six members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo (Aum) on Thursday.
This July has now seen 13 people executed for their involvement in the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, which killed 13 people and injured thousands more, as well as other illegal activities. The last time Japan executed more than 10 people in a year was in 2008. It is also extremely rare for Japan to carry out two rounds of executions in the same month.
“This unprecedented execution spree, which has seen 13 people killed in a matter of weeks, does not leave Japanese society any safer. The hangings fail to address why people were drawn to a charismatic guru with dangerous ideas,” said Hiroka Shoji, East Asia Researcher at Amnesty International.